Early snow startles residents

Shovels, toques, and booster cables were out early this year as the first real taste of winter hit Fort Frances on Thursday morning.
Police have been busy as drivers re-familiarize themselves with the annual winter conditions.
“The roads right now are terrible. We are advising drivers to slow down and be conscious of the road conditions,” Fort Frances OPP Cst. Al McDonald noted.
“Allow yourself more time in inclement weather,” he stressed.
The town’s operations and facilities division is ready to go if the snow and cold weather continue, but the winter maintenance vehicles had not had to leave the shed as of noon today.
“Sanding will be first if the roads get slippery but nothing’s freezing so far,” noted Raymond Roy, superintendent of operations for the Public Works department.
As for the snow plows, they won’t hit the roads until there is an accumulation of about five cm (two inches). “They’re ready to go, though, everything’s ready,” said Roy.
Throughout town on Thursday morning, people were brushing off their vehicles and sweeping their walkways as the snow continued to fall.
“This is nothing yet,” said resident Dave Westran as he wiped off his car to head to work.
There were some of the less desirable signs of winter as resident Keith Kellar worked to help a women start her car with jumper cables.
“It should be working better than that,” he remarked as the engine refused to start.
People of all ages also were bundled in winter coats, toques, and gloves as they walked to school or work this morning.
The area had been under a winter storm warning Thursday, with accumulations of 15-20 cm predicted.